Do you have a yearning for adventure and a longing to hit the open road? At some point in our lives, many of us wish that we could just pack up and travel the world. Sadly, we usually have responsibilities or other obstacles that prevent us from being free to take that trip. Still, there’s always armchair travel – an alternative that has many advantages …
Travelling can add up to an awful lot of money, once you’ve paid for flights, transfers, hotels, eating out, entertainment, shopping … However, armchair travel need cost you nothing at all, when the library is full of travel literature and guidebooks. Yes, these may not be completely up to date, but that doesn’t really matter for a virtual trip.
Ever felt that you need a holiday to recover from your holiday? That won’t happen with an armchair trip. There will be no exhausting journeys, no struggles with the language, no missed flights and absolutely no organisation required. All you have to do is flick through the guidebook and dream.
Most trips are safe providing you take sensible basic precautions like not flashing lots of cash, but unfortunately for some people their holiday is soured by theft or other problems. Your armchair trip, however, faces nothing more dangerous than a spilt cup of coffee and the library charging you for the cost of replacing a damaged book.
Organisation is definitely not my strong point. I could not organise a party in a brewery. So trying to work out when to travel, arranging petsitters and getting ready for the trip drives me mad. Armchair travel is perfect for the organisationally challenged, as there is absolutely no planning required. Hey presto – a stress-free ‘trip’.
I tend to make short-haul trips, and when there have been delays they are never more than an hour, which is not exactly arduous. However, I have heard from friends of lengthy delays which have extended an already long journey by several more hours – not what you really need. That won’t happen if the furthest you are going is to the kitchen for another coffee!
Sure, you can get some pretty cheap travel packages these days, but since you generally get what you pay for, you may find yourself in very basic accommodation in a less than inviting resort. A decent holiday will cost a small fortune. Imagination, on the other hand, will not cost you a penny, and can take you all over the world to places you could never afford to visit.
Absolutely nothing can go wrong with a virtual trip. You don’t have to accommodate anyone else’s wishes or listen to their complaints. You won’t argue about what to do or where to eat. The ‘trip’ will go exactly as you want it to. You won’t come back swearing that you will never, ever go on holiday with those people again.
What do you think of armchair travel – is it a poor substitute for the real thing, or is it a way to ‘experience’ places that you could never afford to see in real life?
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